And then literally made the who’s who of music stand up at the 2012 Grammy Awards ceremony when he asked them to “get off your rich asses and let’s have some fun.
” And now Bruno Mars is back with his second album. And shows no signs of changing. Some might frown at this “lack of maturity and growth” but we are not complaining one bit. For at the end of the day, the man (we are so tempted to call him ‘boy’ given his appearance) is so pleasant to hear.
There is a hint of vulnerability in the sombre yet frisky Young Girls, more than a touch of reggae in Locked Out of Heaven, and ’70s disco lovers will be doing Travolta’s Night Fever moves to the irresistibly foot-tapping Treasure, and swaying gently to the slightly softer Moonshine.
No, there’s nothing quite in the class of “I will catch a grenade for you” here but there is some decent singing accompanied by very good music. Mars gives us a glimpse of the vocal skills that lie beneath that boyish countenance when he sings the slow When I Was Your Man with feeling, accompanied mainly by a tinkling piano, sweeping you into his grief as he mourns a love he lost to another man, and in If I Knew, which is right out of Boyz II Men territory with its sweeping vocals.
There are a few innovative rhythms in Nathalie and Money Makes Her Smile, but in general, this is pretty much more of what we heard in Doo-Wops and Hooligans in 2010 — very much mainstream pop. No, we are not complaining. Because sometimes, we just want to get off our a**es (rich or poor) and have some fun. There will be time enough to contemplate life, universe and everything else. For now, there is pop. And Bruno Mars.